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'Stop killing women': Nzimande condemns murder of student Precious Ramabulana

Precious Ramabulana was found dead in her room off-campus on Sunday and had apparently been stabbed 52 times.

Precious Ramabulana. Picture: facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has joined many South Africans in expressing deep sadness following the murder of a Capricorn TVET College student. Precious Ramabulana was found dead in her room off-campus on Sunday and had apparently been stabbed 52 times.

It is also suspected that she was raped before she was killed but that has not been confirmed.

The minister said he was in talks with all institutions of higher learning to improve campus safety and security.

The news of Ramabulana's murder comes as the country marks the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

Many took to social media to offer condolences to the late student's loved ones.

Ramabulana's murder follows countrywide protests against gender-based violence.

Earlier this month, Luyanda Botha was handed three life sentences and five years with no prospect of parole for the rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana.
The crime took place at a Cape Town Post Office branch in August.

In a separate case, Jesse Hess, a 19-year-old UWC theology student, and her grandfather, Chris Lategan, were found dead in their Parow flat, in Cape Town, in August.

The two men implicated in the murder of the UWC student her grandfather will spend Christmas behind bars.

David Van Boven - a relative of the slain 19-year-old - and Tasliem Ambrose were in the Bellville Magistrates Court last week. They each face two charges of murder and two of aggravated robbery.

Van Boven, who was released on parole in December, has a previous rape and drug-related conviction.

He's also accused of another sexual assault in a separate matter.

Two months ago, government promised to make R1.6 billion of funding available towards programs to tackle crimes against women and girls.

Additional reporting by Lauren Isaacs & Lizell Persens.

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